Appreciated. That’s how unpaid adult carers felt when they used a free spa voucher, according to the managing director of Spa 1877.
For the last six years, Sheffield Carers Centre has worked with Spa 1877 to provide unpaid adult carers with a chance for a break. Carers are given three hours of relaxation free, thanks to the generosity of the Turkish Baths, which have been operating in Sheffield since 2000, but have a history that stretches back to the nineteenth century – 1877 to be exact.
This month, Sheffield Carers Centre handed out its 1,877th
voucher to Linda Coward, who lives in Heeley. Linda has cared for her mum for years, and contacted the Sheffield Carers Centre when she saw a poster on the no. 10 bus. Linda said:
“It was a very nice thing to think that someone could do something like that for me. It’s special, to have that time, to be given time for me.”
The managing director of Spa 1877, Steve Wilkinson said:
“When we launched this initiative in 2012 it was following a survey we had read about carers health and the negative impact caring had on their health. I have now had the chance to meet a lot of carers and had a chance to ask them what does a free SPA visit mean to them and the one word that came out on top was “APPRECIATED”.
Because carers carry out their role selflessly I think it means a lot when other people recognise the sacrifices the carers are making to look after a loved one or a vulnerable member of society and this initiative demonstrates SPA 1877’s appreciation for ALL carers. We are delighted that we have reached a milestone number of 1877 carers who have had a free SPA experience to date”
Pauline Kimantas, CEO of Sheffield Carers Centre, said:
“We’re so grateful to Spa 1877 for this tremendous generosity. It has made a big difference to the wellbeing of 1,877 carers and is one of the best ways we can immediately help carers when they register with us. Carers so often do not get an opportunity, or can’t afford, to think of themselves, so it’s fantastic that Spa 1877 stepped up in this way to provide this resource for them to use”.
“It’s a shining example of how the business community can work to help carers, who make up 10% of the city’s population. We hope that more companies in time will realise the work that carers do for others, and the value that they provide the city, and recognise that moving forwards”.
There are nearly 65,000 carers in Sheffield, and Sheffield Carers Centre exists to provide them support, advice and information, as well as carrying out a Carer’s Needs Assessment, which looks at how their health and wellbeing can be supported, improved and maintained.
All unpaid adult carers who provide unpaid care for a family member or friend due to an illness, disability, mental health issue, frailty or substance misuse are able to register with the Sheffield Carers Centre at www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk
or can contact the centre on 0114 278 8942.
In both photos, from right to left, is Linda Coward, Steve Wilkinson and Pauline Kimantas. The photos were taken outside the baths.